Honor and Protect Heroic Service Animals Who Risk Their Lives

A police dog at the feet of an officer.

Target: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Goal: Ensure justice for police animals wounded in the line of duty.

A police dog nearly lost his eyes and his life when a knife-wielding suspect allegedly attacked him. Thanks to a new law that gives law enforcement’s service animals greater legal protections, this suspect will now face criminal charges. Prior to the law’s passing, the 100-plus United Kingdom service animals injured or killed in the line of duty since 2012 alone did not receive justice. These brave animals (primarily dogs and horses) were viewed as damaged ‘property.’ England and Wales have revised this inhumane outlook, and now neighboring Scotland should do the same.

Finn’s Law came into being after its namesake, police dog Finn, became the victim of a brutal stabbing that left him with severe injuries to his head and chest. The valiant dog did not release his alleged attacker, however, until more police back-up had arrived. Fortunately, Finn survived, and he inspired one more brave action with the introduction of Finn’s Law.

This important legislation abolishes a loophole in the UK’s primary animal welfare statutes that previously enabled dangerous criminals to claim self-defense when they harmed or killed a service animal. With Finn’s Law in place, offenders that previously received a slap on the wrist will now face increasingly stringent animal cruelty charges that may soon put the most serious offenders behind bars for five years.

Sign this petition to urge Scotland in enacting similar, if not greater, safeguards for its own animal heroes.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Sturgeon,

‘To serve and protect’ is more than a mantra; it is a way of life. Hundreds of service animals must put their lives on the line every day in Scotland. Too many do not live to serve and protect another day. What do these courageous living beings receive for their service, and how are they honored in death? For so long, in the eyes of the law they have received a distinction barely above discarded or damaged property.

Finn’s Law has helped reverse this incredibly lacking and deficient legal viewpoint in England and Wales. Parliament has promised similar efforts for Scotland’s service animals repeatedly, yet even a recent government consultation on animal welfare has yielded no concrete results. This important measure faced its share of obstacles in other parts of the UK as well, but dedication and drive made it a reality.

Make these essential protections happen for Scottish animal heroes.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: 111 Emergency




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4 Comments

  1. Dear Minister Sturgeon,
    With Finn’s Law added to legislation in Scotland all service animals WOULD be protected, like they are now in England and Wales.
    It’s in your hands now to make these essential protections also happen for Scottish animal heroes, please…
    Thank you!

  2. PROTECT THESE LOYAL ANIMALS.

  3. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

    Ensure justice for police animals wounded in the line of duty.

    A police dog nearly lost his eyes and his life when a knife-wielding suspect allegedly attacked him. Thanks to a new law that gives law enforcement’s service animals greater legal protections, this suspect will now face criminal charges. Prior to the law’s passing, the 100-plus United Kingdom service animals injured or killed in the line of duty since 2012 alone did not receive justice. These brave animals (primarily dogs and horses) were viewed as damaged ‘property.’ England and Wales have revised this inhumane outlook, and now neighboring Scotland should do the same.

    Please save these precious dogs and horses and put to death the animal murdering monsters who were callously responsible for their enjuries and deaths. All animal torturers and animal murderers must be put to death. This must be introduced into the Animal Protection Laws.

  4. Justin Recht says:

    Justice for animals is imperative!

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